today, i was arguing with some guy (no names) over three networking issues. this guy seemed to argue with me over the fundamentals of internet connections and was convinced that he was right. i just want to run these by to make sure that im not this stupid. if im am, then my views on netwoking are seriously scewed.
1) for example, if you have 6MB/s download and 3MB/s upload and you are capping your uploading at 3MB/s, you still have 3MB/s download, right? this guy seemed to think that all your download would be used.
2) this guy claimed that bittorrent hogged up all "network resources". even if you weren't capping your download speed (i.e. using all 6MB/s downloading a torrent), he says bittorrent still uses those "resources" and wouldn't let anyone else on the network have them. i do know that while you are downloading a torrent, bittorrent continuously searched for new seeds, but that doesn't take up all bandwidth.
3) i am in a vpn network at my dorm room running fedora core 4. i went and hand-customized my iptables to only allow smb, ftp, and http within my router. this guy claims that, since i am attached to the dorm firewall and server, the server can port-scan my computer and gain access to my files and search my computer. again, i have my router block all incoming connections and my iptables block all incoming connections except those ports mentioned earlier.
im almost positive that this guy is wrong, but i need outside assurance as to weather this guy needs institutional help.
Last edited by dklofas; 11-16-2005 at 10:46 PM.